World League

Since 2002, the world’s best water polo national teams meet each year and compete against one another in the sport’s first global league.

From 2014 on, the competition formula comprises two preliminary tournaments: one in Europe with a series of “home and away” games and an Intercontinental Tournament with the participation of teams from Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania.

A Super Final for both the men’s and women’s league is organised with the eight qualifying teams of the preliminaries. A total prize money of US$ 540'000 (men) and US$ 465'000 (women) is distributed.

After thrilling Super Finals in Kunshan (CHN) and Dubai (UAE), the 2015 editions will be held in Bergamo (ITA) from June 23-28 for the men's and June 9-14 in Shanghai (CHN) for the women's.

WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Top four emerge in Auckland (NZL)

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auckland4Four teams have qualified for the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai (CHN) next month, winning their quarterfinals on day four of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre today.

Canada beat Kazakhstan 11-3, reigning World League champion United States of America dropped Japan 17-0, Australia had by far the better of Brazil 17-4 and China came from behind to defeat New Zealand 14-6.




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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn,. Day 3: Australia and USA top groups heading into quarterfinals

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auckland3Australia and United States of America won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Waves Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In Group A, China needed sudden-death in the penalty shootout to beat Brazil 15-14. It was Brazil’s second successive penalty shootout loss, having earned a chance with a 9-9 equalising goal inside the final two minutes. The win was good enough for second place in the group for China.

United States of America, eight times a winner of the Super Final, breezed home against Kazakhstan in a week where cruisy matches are the exception. The 15-6 scoreline not only showed how well the USA has improved since day one, but also how well Kazakhstan responded to the lift in playing quality. Both teams said, however, that they had plenty of room to improve.


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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Defending champ USA bursts the floodgates against China

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auckland2Reigning champion United States of America overcame 2013 champion China 8-2 on the second day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL).

In the Group A match, USA needed a six-goal burst in the final six minutes to break a 2-2 deadlock that had the multiple champion team scoreless for the previous 20 minutes of play. It also meant a second straight win. Brazil and Kazakhstan battled hard in their encounter with Brazil coming back to level the match five times for 8-8 at fulltime, only to lose the shootout 12-11 to a joyful Kazakhstan.



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WPWL Women’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: World’s best teams succeed on opening

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Auckland1There was plenty of action on the opening day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo Intercontinental Tournament at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland (NZL). All teams looked unsettled to start with, bringing youngsters and inexperienced players alike, looking for more settled teams as the week progresses.

In Group A, reigning World League, Olympic and world champion USA turned tied first and second quarters against Brazil into an 8-3 third-break margin before closing at 9-4. And the more experienced Canada put away host New Zealand 15-7.



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WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 6: Australia, Brazil, USA go 1-2-3

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wpausEven without its head coach, Australia took gold over Brazil, 9-6, in the final day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California. Elvis Fatovic was ejected one night earlier in the semifinal shootout against the US, but the Aussie defense was unstoppable on Saturday and stymied a thrilling fourth-quarter rally from the 2016 Olympic host.

In the earlier matches, the US trounced China for the bronze medal, 19-7. Japan defeated Kazakhstan, 15-12, for fifth place by building a comfortable lead early in the game. And Canada routed Argentina, 18-5, to earn seventh place in an epic mismatch that no one had expected to see at the end of group play.


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